Three-bed home inspired by cameraman’s Brazil movies could be yours

Jungle nook! Three-bed home inspired by Hollywood cameraman’s Brazil movies could be your rainforest hideaway within English coast town for £695,000

  • Roddy Barron – who worked with Blade Runner star Rutger Hauer – recreated Brazilian conditions in Hastings
  • The Star Wars cameraman created his very own tropical garden using plants such as bamboo as well as palms 
  • Floor-to-ceiling glass doors provide perfect views of the lush landscape that he carved out in the south-east 

Homebuyers can get a taste of the Brazilian rainforest in a quintessentially English coastal town with this stunning home that has gone on the market for £695,000.

The property was a labour of love for Roddy Barron, a camera operator who worked on films from Hammer horror through to The Mummy, Lara Croft and Star Wars. In 2005 he bought the small house next door with this plot of land. 

The stylish modern house is in Hastings, East Sussex, but the lush tropical gardens were inspired by the cameraman owner’s travels in Brazil and he used plants like bamboo and palms to create an oasis on his doorstep.

Despite being located in Hastings, Sussex, the house is surrounded by gardens that appear to be set in rainforest, providing an exotic getaway in a quintessentially English seaside town 

Floor-to-ceiling glass doors create an open atmosphere in the home, which the cameraman has surrounded with a jungle landscape, offering an escape from the usual surroundings of Sussex 

Furnishings offer a minimalist aesthetic that combines the best in modern living with beautiful views of nature just outside the window

The sweeping, airy spaces combine with decking to give the impression of a summer home – but the camera man’s creation is actually in south-east England  

45 Hillside Road has floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the exotic gardens and a large deck so meals can be eaten among the treetops.

But when it came to the gardens he used inspiration from a chunk of rainforest he owned in the hills of Brazil between Rio and Sao Paulo to create a secluded wilderness.

Mr Barron spent years planting tropical plants that would grow well in the UK to create a garden as similar to his Brazilian paradise as he could get in the climate.

The Brazilian rainforest plot that inspired the British home: Roddy Barron took inspiration from a chunk of rainforest he owned in the hills of Brazil between Rio and Sao Paulo (pictured) to create a secluded getaway

45 Hillside Road has floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the exotic gardens and a large deck so meals can be eaten among the treetops

The lucky buyer could enjoy views of what appears to be rainforest while relaxing in this bedroom after the labour of love recreated Brazilian conditions 

The garden has steps made from railway sleepers that lead down the hill to the summer house at the bottom of the garden, which overlooks a stream.

He designed the eco-friendly modern property with award-winning architects BBM Sustainable Design and spent six years completing the build.

The house sits on the edge of parkland in the St Helen’s Wood area on a quiet no-through road.

The camera man – who worked on Star Wars – used plants such as bamboo and palms to create an oasis on his doorstep after visiting Brazil 

It is clad in cedar and has 1,799 sq ft of accommodation with three bedrooms and a bathroom on the lower floor, the open plan reception room and kitchen/diner on the first floor and the master bedroom with walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom on the top floor.

The house is super-insulated and has an air source heat pump and rainwater harvesting system. The lower bedrooms have underfloor heating and there is also a centralised vacuum system through the house.

Mr Barron died in Brazil in 2015, aged 70, and his sons Max and Louis are now reluctantly selling the property through The Modern House.

The balcony provides the perfect place to entertain guests while overlooking the exotic setting inspire by the rainforests of Brazil 

Max said: ‘My father always wanted to live by the sea and dreamed of building his own house. Every house we lived in was some sort of “project”. It’s a beautiful house and it was a real labour of love for him.

‘The build itself was epic. Dad project managed it himself and fought to get every last detail right. The ground floor glass doors were so large that he had to hire a huge crane to winch them over the house into place. 

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‘Torrential rains caused a bank of the road to collapse, meaning the design was re-engineered using huge concrete piles.

‘My dad travelled extensively in Brazil. He had a friend that has a house in Paraty, a small town on the coast. Dad ended up buying a plot of land just outside Paraty up in the hills. It is essentially a large chunk of rainforest with a small shack on it.

Roddy recreated rainforest conditions after being inspired by the natural beauty of Brazil and bringing it back to Hastings in the south-east of England 

Roddy (right) appears alongside Blade Runner star Rutger Hauer (left). Roddy fell in love with the Brazilian landscape and recreated in England  

This is the view that will greet the owner daily as they relax on the balcony of the property, which sits in a Brazilian-inspired setting 

‘It’s extremely lush and spectacular and he visited many times. That land inspired dad to create the gardens in Hastings using large plants, plenty of shade and little paths and walkways that you can navigate. They’re lovely to explore.

‘He used bamboo, palms, large grasses and other tropical plants that grow well in England to create the feeling of a more exotic garden than you usually find in the UK.

‘Nothing on earth is like being in the Brazilian rainforest, but it certainly doesn’t feel like being in the UK. If you want a traditional English lawn and flower beds you’re in the wrong place.

‘The garden was probably dad’s favourite part of the house, he spent many hours out there planting, pruning and landscaping.

‘On a sunny day with the light dappling down through the trees it’s a really magical place to be. He had large sliding glass walls fitted, which open out into the tree canopy so when you’re eating indoors on a summer’s evening you feel like you’re up in the trees.

‘My brother and I love it, but neither of us is going to live in Hastings, and it’s too big and too nice to sit empty or tenanted.

‘We slowly had to face the fact that the house needs to belong to someone who can treasure it and get as much from it as dad did, which is why we’re reluctantly selling.’


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